Odessa

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To publish a children's book to help parents and educators start the conversation around slavery to young children.

by Zoe Logan in Southend On Sea, England, United Kingdom

Odessa is a children’s folktale which follows the journey of a young girl who was taken from her home and placed on an unknown island. This story embraces ‘make believe’ qualities, such as talking animals but has a realistic theme of a runaway slave. The ultimate purpose is to see Odessa in the classroom and used as an educational tool. This book is envisioned to bring multicultural history, people and stories to young children of all cultures. The main target audience are parents and educational organisations. Whilst the story is intended for children between the ages of 6-8, it’s the parents who would purchase the book. Your donations will help me to do the following: Design: The book will be heavily illustrated with key characters. It will also include a detailed map of the world, illustrating where Odessa was taken from and too, this will enable educators to open a discussion about the transatlantic slave trade, or at least educate the young group on the world map. There will also be a question and answer page at the back of the book to aid learning. This can be done as homework or as a bonding exercise with child/children and parent/s. Storytelling – bookstores, schools and libraries: The aim is to hold storytelling sessions in local bookstores, schools and libraries during school holidays. As a qualified teacher, I hope to provide a workshop on slavery that accompanies the storytelling session. Parents will be invited to attend with their children and are able to ask questions around the sensitivity of the subject. Website – To accompany the book, an educational website page would enable parents, educators and children to access information on the book, links to readings and a question and answer page. Audio version: An audio version will be available, especially for the young children and those with disabilities or learning difficulties. The audio version would be translated into different languages also.

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